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Sprint announces the Kyocera Echo: one screen doesn't cut it anymore

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Sprint announces the Kyocera Echo: one screen doesn't cut it anymore
At today's NYC event (check how our live coverage went on), Sprint kept its promise and unveiled an "industry first" device, namely, the Kyocera Echo - a dual-screen Android smartphone with two 3.5" touch displays, which actually allow for a healthy sized 4.7" real estate when combined. By the looks of, Sprint is positioning this peculiar device as something between a modern smartphone and a mini-tablet. And yes, we noticed that the branding says "Kyocera". Just ignore that and continue reading.

In closed mode, the Kyocera Echo is your typical Android 2.2 Froyo smartphone that can do normal stuff like browsing the web, dialing contacts and... anything, really. However, the Echo becomes way more interesting as you open it (it utilized a hinge mechanism that is said to leave almost no space between both parts) to reveal the second 3.5" LCD screen. The second display, identically to the first, has a resolution of 480x800 pixels.

Sprint announces the Kyocera Echo: one screen doesn't cut it anymore
Kyocera's second modern-day foray into the realm of smartphones (the other recent one was the Zio) is actually focusing on the high end, as it also comes equipped with a powerful 1GHz Snapdragon chipset and a 5MP camera. Unfortunately, it'll only sport 3G bands, no WiMAX compatibility, because Kyocera and Sprint wanted to get that launched as soon as possible, as well as keep the price decent.

You are probably wondering how the software is going to take advantage of this new dual-screen layout. Apparently, Kyocera has taken its time to rework most of the core apps of the Android 2.2 system, including the email client, picture gallery, video and YouTube players, etc. Unsurprisingly, the concept behind it is what we already find with tablets - on one side you have your inbox, for example, while on the other - the contents of the selected message. Only here we're going to have the inbox on one screen, and the content on the other! Thankfully, they will release special APIs for developers, which will allow them to design apps for the Kyocera Echo's unique dual-screen form-factor.

Sprint announces the Kyocera Echo: one screen doesn't cut it anymore
One of the most interesting features of the Kyocera Echo is its Simul-task mode, which is almost described as the next level of multitasking. What it does is to allow you to work with two apps at the same time. For example, you can be browsing the web, while composing an email or watching a video at the same time. Well, it might be useful in certain situations, though we don't see it becoming a widely-used feature. Even more so when the apps that will be able to simul-task are limited to the web browser, gallery, YouTube player, phone, contacts, email and messaging.

So, what battery life can we expect from this dual-screen device? Would it be twice as short? According to Sprint, it's going to be a standard performing device in this category, which sounds a bit optimistic. However, you might be interested to know that they are bundling it with an additional battery for free. He-he, wise man you are, Hesse.

Sprint announces the Kyocera Echo: one screen doesn't cut it anymore
Clearly, not everyone is too fond of Kyocera, but the Echo seems intriguing enough to spawn a small Echo-community. The handset is coming out this Spring, at a price of $199.99 on contract. Well, guys, in the final analysis, it wasn't a phone with glasses-free 3D that we saw today, but rather a phone with 2x2D displays (which are still glasses-free, by the way), but don't be blue, 3D is right around the corner now!

source: Sprint

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posted on 07 Feb 2011, 18:27 2

1. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


This phone will have more punchlines thrown at it than David Hasselhoff but I'm sure it will attract a very dedicated cult following.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 18:58 4

10. KParks23 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


LOL last pic on the right looks like the guy is just walkin out like F this HAHAHA!!!

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 21:33 1

29. Napoleon (Posts: 60; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


Completely disappointed Sprint... Here's hoping that this isn't the only phone lined up for Q2...

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 23:07 1

36. Napoleon (Posts: 60; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


Moreover, here's hoping for the HTC EVO 2!!!

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 22:51 2

35. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


And then sprint wonders why they are number three... Wait wernt we supposed to see some super cool 3d lg phone? I mean who cares about this company... If it is not a well known phone maker then who cares... Cough cough dell cough zte...

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 14:07 2

51. jbash (Posts: 342; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


least the dell is an established computer company that deals with highend technology(alienware). Sanyo/Kyocera makes wonderful flip phones.

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 12:02 1

44. grillmaster423 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Feb 2011)


Here's one, I've been waiting in line 5 minutes, now, who spiked the punch with battery acid, and why isn't my two screen phone working?

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 18:28 7

2. Dissappointment (unregistered)


wow........this is probably......this totally blows. I would rather have seen a new blackberry announcement than this knock off nintendo ds.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 19:32 2

12. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Second

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 23:09 3

37. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5926; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Third. They could have given actual shipping dates for the BlackBerry Playbook and they would have had more of an impact. Two 3.5 inch screens....

I am starting to wonder if Sprint actually has a formal business plan to remain in third place.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 18:31 3

3. twashington4 (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 May 2010)


So, will any third party apps take advantage of this dual screen? No, you'll get one bright colorful 3.5" screen and a really dark one.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 18:31 3

4. OhSo3D (unregistered)


Wow... I really hope htc can salvage sprint with something at MWC.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 18:35 5

5. Roberto (unregistered)


That was a waste of David Blaine...

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 18:41 5

6. clevername (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


I'm more interested in the David Blaine show. That seemed to be an awesome illusion.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 18:43 1

7. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


The phone looks like it would be a blast to play with....providing the software amendments don't carry lots of bugs.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 18:56 5

8. Syksyd (Posts: 55; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)


LMAO!!.....This is what sprint thinks will bring them back from near death, please get a new crop of high end phones like VZW,ATT, and TMO......This phone is a joke, what a fail SPRINT............

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 18:59 5

11. KParks23 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


ppl will buy it to look cool.....and sprint is DEF not close to death haha

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 19:50 1

18. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


actually, they are a very poor company that has ran negative for years until very recently. close to death has been a way of life for them. They will survive... most likely.

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 01:06 2

42. KParks23 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


like i said we talkin about 2011 not 2008 and in 2011 there not near death thanks mostly to htc and the evo but yea they were in the dump a couple years ago

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 18:56 5

9. Sprint=disappointment (unregistered)


Wow. I am truly disappointed. So why was David Blaine brought to the sprint show? Bringing him caused me have greater hopes for what could be. Now I am full of.."that's it, that is all you've got." Hey Sprint, Thanks for tickling my sensitive spot all week and then walking out on me before I experienced joy. I like your network but despise your presentation.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 19:35 2

13. Sprint....wtf (unregistered)


WTH Sprint, do you like puttin crap out like Sprint ID...now this. I would say fail...but I think you are beyond that at this point.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 19:39 3

14. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Well now I see why they brought David Blaine, they needed to get people hyped up for this disappointment of monumental proportions.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 19:41 3

15. Mikal (unregistered)


What is it that makes this phone a joke? It is not a DS knock-off. It doesn't even flip i don't think. This coudl be Kyocera's version of an Evo Shift or a Samsung Transform, I do have to admit that the Zio didn't stand a chance over the Transform. Just because Kyocera doesn't ususally make the best phones sometimes, doesn't mean that this one will be bad. Heck, I think they used the ideas I wrote to them. I told them to have a 5 MP camera and a 1 GHZ processer.They didn't use 4G or a trackpad like I suggested, but those aren't really need and the writing at the top says why. There may have been other things they left out, I even suggested one 4 in. Display, but two 3.5 in. To make a 4.7 is awesome. So really, just because the Zio was a fail to some people, why does it mean this one is bad? Just wait until the phone is sold and has reviews out, and it will probably turn out great. Think about the mean things you say about Kyocera. It's not that nice to do.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 19:46 1

16. Mikal (unregistered)


Kyocera also didn't add a front facing camera like I suggested, but the 4.7 in. in all screen is an excuse. I hope that they added a flash to the camera like I said. I also hope that they continue to market some products under Sanyo, but I think they were gonna stop this year. Anyway, this will probably turn out to be a great phone and be way better than the Zio.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 19:48 3

17. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


It gives fanboy reason to thrash Sprint, as these fanboys are so in love with their parents free family plan

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 19:52 2

19. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


I swear, this thing looks like it was constructed in someone's garage. What a brick! No 4G because Sprint wanted to get it to the market as soon as possible!? Why, were they concerned somebody was going to steal their thunder with some other dual-screen POS? I guess if you're going to introduce some novelty POS, you want to make sure it's the only one on the market. Considering all the hype, I was really expecting something amazing. What a letdown.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 19:52 2

20. skymitch89 (Posts: 1100; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Ya, Kyocera took soo long working on this product that it has a 1st gen Snapdragon processor (same processor as HTC Evo 4G). While the processor is still powerful, it is not as powerful as the 2nd gen Snapdragon processors. I don't really get how Sprint can be proud of this phone. Only thing that is new about it is the fact that it has dual touch screens.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 19:56 2

21. mmoney (unregistered)


WOWWWWWWWWWW.. What A Disapointment even David Blaine didnt want that sorry ass phone. good Job Sprint keep up the shity ass work. why dont you look at what verizon is doing and actually come out with some more phones compatible or better than the evo. I was looking so forward to this announcement, seeing that i work for sprint and everything. But What a Fuck uP this was. I might think of getting it for my 2 year old.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 21:41 2

30. Napoleon (Posts: 60; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


Hahaha your 2 year old will probably hate it as well lol lol lol....

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 20:11 1

22. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)


If there's 3rd party apps that can take advantage of having both screens, I could see some potential for this thing. Even the way that some of those first party apps take advantage of this setup is pretty cool.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 20:13 2

23. DF334 (Posts: 36; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


A Kyocera phone!! That was what the announcement was that we had been waiting for...Wow Sprint way to go on that one!!

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 20:15 1

24. Loyal Sprint Customer (unregistered)


Tell Sprint that my next phone is iPhone... Whether it's with Sprint or not, it is up to to them.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 20:23 2

25. yyaok (unregistered)


You stupid fucking retards.. A Nintendo DS phone that is made by Kyocera.. cheap ass shit. Release more stupid crap and say its an industry first

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 20:45 1

26. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


And again...folks who buy this is going to have to rely on Kyocera to update Android if there are any problems with the once again optimized software...

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 20:49 1

27. snowgator (Posts: 3277; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


If this was a 3D phone, like a lot of posts earlier today were guessing, people would be trashing it as a gimmick, stupid, waste of time, ect. Instead, Sprint takes a shot in a different direction, and every one is still ticked. We all know these are just phones, right? Any body here blogging got their own money wrapped up is this announcement? Or just big David Blaine fans? Wait until the phone comes out, then trash it. Sprint has to take a risk or two to try and stay in the mix. If it flops, it flops. They have had a good track record of late- the EVO and EVO Shift, Epic, even the Blackberry Style has sold decently enough that Verizon is getting a carbon copy here soon. I cannot see who would WANT this type of phone honostly, who is your target consumer? But, this seems to be one of those low risk/high reward type roll out. Worst case is it tanks, and they haven't wasted a 4G roll out to live down. They do need another high end Smart Phone, but thank all that is holy they didn't invest that much resource into this. Way too risky then.

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 00:57 2

40. phone333 (Posts: 331; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)


I agree. I'll hold my judgment until I Play with and see how it performs. This shows you how people are buying phones for looks theses days.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 21:26 1

28. Abedo313 (unregistered)


wow.... terrible

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 21:49 1

31. tech (unregistered)


can you think of a bigger waste of money then to add android to a phone that has 2 screens, lets just say battery killer, and a waste why the hell would i want 2 screens people are gonna brake the hinge for the first month of release and then, again its a kyocera, i think the world forgot about that company i didn't think they still made phones.

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 14:21

52. jbash (Posts: 342; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


they merged with sanyo

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 21:51 2

32. xtroid2k (Posts: 436; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


To be honest I don't see anything special about this phone. Just another unique device that will appeal to a small number of people. Sprint really messed up calling this a game changer or revolution or whatever they feel it is. This is worse then getting a slow ski boat.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 22:00 4

33. downphoenix (Posts: 2393; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


So Motorola releasing a Tablet that's basically a ripoff of the Ipad with better resolution and dual core = super innovative.

People get excited for a Samsung phone that is a Galaxy S with a tiny ticker screen under the main screen.

Kyocera releases a phone that is actually the 1st major change to smartphone form factor ever since the Iphone, and people say its crap or its a gimmick.

Typical verizon and apple fanboys.

Remember, the DS was called a gimmick too, and eventually because the best selling handheld device of all time. So isnt it better to imitate that than the Iphone, which has sold maybe half the units that the DS has across 4 iterations?

Also, if you cant see the usefulness of 2 screens, then I guess that means that panoramic desktop displays are useless. I guess that means dual desktop displays are useless. People that use these for work and play, just get a bigger signal display because the verizon and apple fanboys said so.

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Now, it is Kyocera, so I am worried about the quality of the device, but I doubt Sprint would make a big deal about it if it wasnt a good device.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 23:23 2

38. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


thats not it at all, Blackberry Storm still tried something new with the "click" surepress thing, that was new, there was the samsung with the ticker, and nintendo has the dual screen.

Let me be clear -

At&t and Apple stopped the show with the first iPhone, ever since its been really difficult to steal the light. Until Verizon.When Verizon ran the Droid campaign (even after the first android phone was out) It stopped the show for a while. Droid this Droid that, it even got people calling normal android phones, "Droids". It was about the pump, the hype, and the marketing.

The newest was iPhone AGAIN for a second time, stopping the show by being available on Verizon, but this time so HUGE they made a second press conference after already releasing 4 android powers houses running 4G at CES, but made it exclusive to VIP's only.

Now you can only imagine after events that follow these...

Sprints "You gotta see this" VIP invite, and whats on the other end?
No not an iPhone, not even Apple.
No, not 3D, Not 4G, NOT, NOT, NOT

If you claim to have something SOOO important to tell everyone, ,ake it worth it. Imagine if Verizon made this big of a stink over Sharps, KIN phone. Same thing. Hype has to have follow through, the end.

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 00:59 1

41. phone333 (Posts: 331; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)


Are you serious dude ? you're comparing this to the KIN phone ???

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 01:24 2

43. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


um, yes. as an example, is that all you got out of that?

Im saying in comparison, if Verizon blew up this huge announcement and all that came of it was a new kind of Social networking phone from Sharp called the KIN, you would be equally disappointed to see the industry first 4G company, EVO company, to pull a stunt like that with a Kyocera phone.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 22:45 2

34. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)


As soon as I saw the word Kyocera I already knew this was a joke haha. Sprint needs to get in better competition with the other carriers. They started to improve when they introduced the HTC Evo but started to go downhill again. I mean they were the first with 4G and they should have more 4G phones but instead these other carriers have 4G or in the process of it and already have more 4G phones than Sprint. Sprint needs to step up there game.

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 00:14 3

39. XxJosxX (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Feb 2011)


This is extremely disappointing. Firstly, Kyocera? lol. 2 screens is not that big of a deal. Sprint grabs onto this "We are the first ones" thing as they are with the 4g but really...who cares? It doesn't mean much. Most of the best apps on android do not support dual screens and unless this thing sells like crazy we will not see many 3rd party apps supporting dual screens.

I work for sprint and this is just more garbage I'm forced to pretend is "the best thing out". I will still recommend the evo/epic to customers over this phone, no matter how much they want us to push it. They sent us messages to our computers about how great this phone is as soon as it was launched (lol?) and how its an industry first and sprint is leading the way...give me a break.

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 12:43 2

45. downphoenix (Posts: 2393; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Well you guys can bash this all you want but maybe Kyocera is taking the smartphone game more seriously now. Remember Samsung when they first started making smartphones? They were pretty damn bad. Now they make arguably some of the best on the market. However, with that being said, Sprint will need to have a dual core phone out by summer or they will start losing our techie customers QUICK.

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 13:21 1

46. Jacquie (unregistered)


Come on Sprint, you have so many loyal customers and you show them no love! We want 3D phones, more 4G offerings. Give us something to keep us with you!!!

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 14:32 3

47. Concerned about people who don (unregistered)


If you are to talk bad about a company either one of two things are happening. You are a former disgruntled customer or employee.. Or two you work for the competition. So stop talking bad about a company that has actually rated higher than all the rest. If someone were smart they would not spat out misinformation before they do research. Sprint is the fastest growing wireless company as of late. Sprint is also the first to bring a faster and more reliable data network than the rest. As the saying goes ...(All the rest are just talk!) Please don't write bad post about companies that are actually doing very well. If you owe Sprint money and could not get a phone because you chose to mess up credit with them thats your fault. Don't hate appreciate.

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 16:01 4

48. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 212; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I sell for multiple carriers and have been a manager for all carriers. I have a Sprint Samsung Epic, my dad has an EVO, and I have an ATT WP7 device.

First off, I think this Keyocera phone is pretty much a joke for the most part but I cant believe you all are bashing Sprint for "making a big deal about an under performing phone" when VERIZON customers are throwing parties about a YEAR OLD wack outdated, sheep attracting, iphone.

Who cares...Verizon doesnt even work here in Maryland and Sprint and ATT destroy anything "big red" does in this area.

Again, who cares... they did a show, they released a phone...and you ALL were itching to find out what it was, that is all they wanted and they got your attention. Mission accomplished.

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 22:39 1

49. tm6248 (Posts: 12; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)


Lol stint is a joke.

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 03:00 3

50. kyocera2543 (unregistered)


this may be made by Kyocera and they may not be a big name here but they have a huge RD dept and they have some amazing patents pending on this technology. one of the cool things they are working with Samsung with their flexible/ unbreakable amoled and super amoled displays to create a device that has a 5-10 in screen that can be collapsed to shrink down to a 3.5 in screen. this would also in part use the hinge design showed for the eco. so it may not look the greatest and it doesn't have 4g at all. but imagine the things you will be able to do with the device to run things side by side. for the business user that needs to check stocks on 1 screen and put in a trade on another. or someone typing an email as they read an attachment on another. the possibilities for this phone are certainly there. it's all in how it's used that makes the difference.
htc was working on something similar as well. Kyocera beat them to the punch and patented it first . more phones like this will come out and this is just a good start.
you may not like it and I respect that but certainly sprint said it would be an industry first and like it or not what other carrier has a dual touch screen simul-tasking phone?

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 19:06 1

53. Napoleon (Posts: 60; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


STILL DONT LIKE NOR WANT THIS PHONE!!!!

posted on 13 Feb 2011, 18:05

54. Dollgrin (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Nov 2010)


Good points Kyocera2543.

I also think people should reserve all this judgement and hatred until they actually get to own/play with one of these.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 01:28

55. SprintGod (unregistered)


syksyd..... Considering Sprint holds the 1st and 2nd spot for most popular phones, you might want to reconsider how much crap you talk. Oh and by the way At&t hasnt offered crap for phones besides investing billions into a phone (iphone4) that has been left in the dust by a market full top end androids that do 10 times as much. Then you have Verizon..... This company will throw money at any manufacture trying to offer the next best phone, which will be obsolete in 6 months. Then when that's not enough they'll jump on the ban-wagon with apples worst iphone. Then you have Tmobile, what can I say..... This company realizes that they have been in the dark for 10 years and all the sudden decides that they want to call their HSPA+ network that they have had for three years and call it a 4G network. Their desperate actions have landed them multiple lawsuits for this claim. Can you say retarded?

Sprint however, is the only carrier last year to have the lowest churn over every carrier on top of having the largest growth of customers and the highest profit over every carrier last year. So maybe you need to reconsider your words when you open your mouth about where Sprint maybe and get all of your facts straight before you sound dumb anymore than you already do.

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